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New Seat Belt Design Could Improve Motorcoach Safety

Posted on January 28, 2016

AMHERST, Mass. – Researchers from the Center for e-Design at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Engineering have designed a Retrofit Seat Belt System that makes it possible to install the safety devices on an estimated 30,000 motorcoaches and intercity buses nationwide that lack them.

The retrofitted seat belts will allow owners of buses and motorcoaches to install the seat belts for about one third to half of the cost on existing seats, the UMass Amherst research team says.

All new motorcoaches manufactured starting in 2016 will be required to have seat belts, but only 20% of the existing buses have the safety devices. Seat belts could reduce the risk of fatal injuries by 77% in rollover crashes, primarily by preventing occupant ejection on impact.

UMass Amherst news service article here

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